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Man cries in WA court describing abuse

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016

A man has wept in a Perth court while describing how the person he thought of as a "father figure" tricked him as a teenager into believing being raped was part of paramedic training.

Stuart Andrew MacFadyen, 64, is on trial in the West Australian District Court accused of indecently assaulting the 16-year-old in 1980.

The complainant, now aged 52, testified on Monday that he had a difficult home life and did not do well at school but was befriended by MacFadyen, describing him as "good to talk to" and "like a father figure".

He told the jury it was MacFadyen who encouraged him to join the St John Ambulance cadet program and he soon decided he wanted to make a career out of it.

"It gave me a purpose in life. I was actually pretty good," he said.

MacFadyen offered to help train the complainant and told him paramedics had to know about abuse and rape.

"I trusted him. Why wouldn't I?" the complainant said.

Continuing to sob at times, the man gave details about how the abuse began with MacFadyen making the complainant masturbate in his presence, which left him feeling "dirty".

"I thought it was something I had to do," he said.

Another time, MacFadyen allegedly forced the complainant to give him oral sex.

On a separate occasion, MacFadyen sexually penetrated the teenager.

Afterwards, the complainant realised "it was a con" and he had been used, so he quit the cadets and did not see MacFadyen again.

Asked why he never spoke about the abuse at the time, he replied: "In those days no one believed you."

The trial continues.

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